Newcastle fans have praised young defender Kevin Mbabu for his performance against Watford in the FA Cup today.
Mbabu has a massive future in front of him!!
— _Connorwinter (@ConnorWinter7) January 9, 2016
This is why Mbabu should start, having a decent game so far #NUFC
— Ryan (@Jxnmxxt) January 9, 2016
The Swiss left-back made his Premier League debut earlier this season in a spirited draw against Chelsea, but has since struggled for fitness.
Mbabu is the man
— Billy (@Ayozology) January 9, 2016
Mbabu sounds exciting. Deserves a run in the team #nufc
— Paul (@paulw4ke) January 9, 2016
As Toon boss Steve McClaren tinkers with the system, the 20-year old had been operating as a left-wing back in today’s game at Vicarage Road.
Mbabu comes off for Thauvin. And there are a few boos from the away end #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) January 9, 2016
Mbabu has been class, what's going on here??? Take Dummett off ffs
— Jake it off (@libertinejake) January 9, 2016
Fans have even criticised the former England manager for substituting the player off, believing he was one of the best players on the field.
@NUFC WHY is Dummet staying on and Mbabu subbed out??
— Akin Şahin (@A_sahin09) January 9, 2016
By the sound of things we went back to 4-4-2. So why did Mbabu come off if he was one of the best players on the field today…
— Austin Scott (@Austin_14Scott) January 9, 2016
French winger Florian Thauvin was brought on as the away side chased an equaliser, much to the dismay of the Geordie faithful on social media.
— Shay (@hall_shay) January 9, 2016
6 minutes in. Mbabu off for Thauvin. Odd. Baffling. McLaren #nufc
— Daz Blackburn (@DazB27NUFC) January 9, 2016
Paul Dummett is usually preferred in a starting role on the left-hand side of defence, but Mbabu’s shift today has seen fans calling for his inclusion ahead of the Welsh international.
Hard to believe he couldn’t get a game at Rangers, eh?